Blog Tour #2 (D’Antoine)

The second blog I toured was D’Antoine’s blog. She was doing a photography blog for her final project, which I thought was really quite interesting. My sister went to school at the college of St. Scholastica and actually got a minor in photography. She has taught me a lot and gave me her old 70D Cannon camera, so I also take an interest in this topic. D’Antoine has a total of about four blog posts for this final projects, five including her proposal post. I was quite excited to read these posts, and reflect on what I thought and learned.

D’Antoine explained each step in her process of her final project in the proposal portion (blog post). She stated first what her final blog project was going to consist of. She was going to write about the basics and meaning of art in photography based on her own experiences with photography over the years. She explained that she would be looking up other photography blogs to get an idea of what to do for hers or how she should organize it, etc. She then said that she would write a post based on her own experience and reflection of photography that she has had in her own life. Finally, she said she would be searching famous photographers and trying to find why they were able to become famous.

Within her first week, and two posts of her final blogging project, D’Antoine explained how famous photographers all left something for photographers today, and that was that they all started something that helped photographers today. One person specifically created an invention, called heliography, which was pretty much the invention of photography (at least printed). She goes on to explain two other famous photographers. The similarity between the three she described was that they all had something to do with the creation of photography. ***An element of her blog is that she does a “photography” blog post on what she has learned or researched, and then does a reflection post after writing the first blog post of the week. For the first reflection, which basically stated that she learned of several photographers who pretty much created photography. It seemed her biggest take away from what she had learned was that without the basics created by the first few photographers, photography would be nonexistent.

For her next “Photography” blog post, D’Antoine mainly spoke of the histogram and light meter. She went into depth for each of these topics. The histogram pretty much gives your photos tones by using brightness and editing. She described that a light meter is something that measures the amount of light exposure while taking photos on a camera. She of course went into even more depth for each of these topics, which was quite helpful when trying to learn what something means. Her second, and last, reflection, pretty much said what she learned from this week has made her a better photographer. The different techniques and topics she researched about allowed her to learn things she had not known before.

Overall, I thought D’Antoine’s final blog project was really good and captivating. I would have loved to read more posts! But what she had so far was very interesting. She also had a well thought out structure to her final project, which engages the audience and keeps them on track with what you are saying.

 

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Blog Tour #1 (Dalton)

For my first blog tour, I reviewed Dalton’s blog. He had about nine blog posts for his final project so far, and I found that his blog was quite interest-based on things he is interested by and what he likes. I will review each of his nine posts.

His first post of the final project was called, “Car Culture: An Overview,” which pretty much just described different car cultures of the world. He specifically chose to compare and contrast the United States’ car culture and Japans’ car culture. His next post was, “My  Review of Being Healthy.” I really appreciate this post because I like to think of myself as a healthy and fit person, and within this post he gave some tips and ideas of what being healthy consists of. His next blog post was named, “When looking to modify your car….” This post pretty much just was a list of different things you can do to your car to upgrade it. With each item, an explanation went along with it. Next was, “Places that I would like to visit,” which I really liked. It had several pictures to go along with each of the places he listed that he wanted to go to, and I, too, love to travel. ***He had pictures with pretty much every post, which I really appreciated. Images just allow the reader to understand the topic and items the writer is explaining completely.*** The next post was called, “‘Car Guy’ stereotypes by car brands (some anyway).” This post was really, really funny to be honest. It was cool to look at each car brand and see the stereotype that came with it, and it was seriously so true. After seeing this post, I could sort of see a trend going; that dalton has a big interest in cars. The next post called, “Gym Stereotypes,” was even more funny than the previous car stereotypes post. It was just really relatable, and I could imagine in my mind these certain stereotypes in people at the gym, such as planet fitness for example. The third to last post, “My Taste of Music…,” was one of my favorites of all of his blog posts, because I have a really deep connection and interest in music, so it was cool and interesting to see what someone else’s interest in music are. Specifically, one artist he said he liked was NF, which is super cool. Not many people know, or even like to listen to them, but I absolutely love their music. The second to last post was named, “My Baseball Experience Throughout School.” This basically was him explaining what he experienced and felt while he played baseball in high school. The last blog post of dalton’s final project thus far is, “What I Like To Wear,” which was a description of the clothing he typically wears and prefers to wear. I liked reading this post because my blog for my final project is all about fashion trends and vogue, so I could relate to it.

Overall, dalton’s final project blog was pretty put together. It was mainly about certain interests of his, all a wide range of variety, which I thought was quite interesting. It kept me engaged while I did my blog tour.

India // vs // Sweden (Festival Edition)

Straying a bit from pop culture, I found similarities and several differences between two very different countries’ festivals. India and Sweden are from separate regions of the world, yet lying in the same hemisphere. I knew, from the moment I chose these two countries, that there would be tremendous differences. The first indicator of this was that Sweden is a bit more developed than the country of India. I have studied both of the countries thoroughly in the past, so I also knew that the cultures are also very unique. India tends to be quite spiritual, and Sweden a little less so. Now, let’s dive in to some of the similarities and differences between the actual festivals themselves, as well as the fashion choices for the events.

The Indian festival, Guide Padwa, was both similar and different from the Swedish festival, Midsummer’s eve. The basic idea of each of the celebrations is quite similar to begin with. They each celebrate a changing from one season to the next. Gudi Padwa mainly celebrates going from fall to spring, and Midsummer’s Eve celebrates the arrival of summer. From my research, I found that there is a more spiritual celebration within the festival of Gudi Padwa. They celebrate the creator (the one who they think recreated the world), Lord Brahma. A decorated flag is hoisted outside each and everyone’s door to recognize and celebrate this great legend. It also wards off any evil, they say. I found that Midsummer’s eve was a bit less deep than the Guide Padwa festival. All I found about a spiritual connection for Midsummer’s Eve was that it changed from a pagan festival into a Christian celebrated festival. Other than that, the people of Sweden celebrate summer with contests, activities, food, bonfires and a lot of dancing.

The fashionable clothing choices are where most of the differences lie. The Indian culture is associated with loose fitting, flowing and colorful clothing, whereas Sweden takes a turn toward pop culture ideals. During the Indian festival of Gudi Padwa, women wear sarees of color and gold designs and jewelry. Men wear white kurta pajamas and saffron colored turbans around their head (women sometimes do this as well). During the Swedish festival of Midsummer’s Eve, the dress code is a bit less strict than in India. The ideal attire would be something white, or light and summer colors, that flows and is comfortable. Since the sun stays out for quite a while longer than usual and it is warmer, the people of Sweden wear airy clothing to stay comfortable in the heat. Many also top their outfits off with flower crowns or different types of flower creations. The only similar aspects between the two different clothing options for each festival is that the choices of clothing are airy and flowing materials and types. They also have a “hat” topper in each festival… For Gudi Padwa it is the turbans, and for Midsummer’s Eve it is the flower crowns.

Through the research and study of the two festivals in India and Sweden, I have found several similarities and differences. The festivals themselves were quite similar, but the clothing attire is where I found most of the deviation.

 

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Midsummer’s Eve 

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A popular holiday celebrated in all of Sweden is called Midsummer’s Eve, which celebrates the immersion of summer coming from a bitter and dark winter. This is one of the most important holidays to the Swedes, and as Annika describes the great amount of holiday spirit on her Real Scandinavia blog, “In Sweden, Midsummer’s Eve is one of the most important days of the year, rivaling Christmas with its festive spirit and traditions.” COME ON… rivaling with Christmas, this must be an amazing holiday if that is the case, we all know that. The Swedes celebrate this intense and impressive holiday with several things, including meals, dancing around the maypole, having bonfires at night, contests, decorating flower crowns, and picking out fashionable looks. All of these enjoyable activities are done before each and every family leaves for vacation. During this time, the sun stays out for a very long time, it does not even set for a whole entire day in one area of Sweden. Since the sun is out for so long, this makes for even warmer temperatures, which is why some of the clothing choices have appeared throughout the many years of this important holiday.

Men, women and children do not really have different clothing styles during this midsummer event. There is just one major ideal to incorporate into your Midsummer’s Eve attire. The ideal look during this festival is to wear white or lighter, summery clothing. You should try to aim for looser fitting, airy clothes, as well, and many incorporate flowers into their outfits. When I say many, I mean almost everyone. The SLEEK website stated, “Despite today’s nationwide dedication towards wearing black, Midsommar in Sweden is the one day of the year when a breezy white outfit is the only way to go. In fact, walk around a Midsommar celebration in anything but white and you’re bound to stick out like a sore thumb.” The look that is trying to be achieved with these simple clothing options is to be free flowing and happy in the beginning of summer. The most common thing to do to incorporate flowers of light, and pretty colors into your Midsummer’s Eve celebration outfit is to make a crown of flowers from a vine. As the website, Umgas explains, “Wear colors that remind you of summer. Some women wear traditional Swedish attire or white, lace dresses. However, floral patterns or light-colored gowns are a beautiful way to incorporate the celebration into your attire…” The same goes for the men. Wear lighter, flowing outfits, so you do not get too hot while participating in contests and activities. The light colors, flowers, and flows attire really do show the spirit of the holiday of the celebration of summer. carolina-engman-midsummer003s1.jpg329130c441690781518f059a5df43d7f--yellow-jeans-yellow-style.jpglena_granefelt-midsummer_celebration-1062-870x400.jpg

Although the bonfires, maypole, dancing, contests, and food are a very important part of the holiday, Midsummer’s Eve, one of the most skipped over aspect of this holiday is the fashionable clothing style this celebration brings about. The outfit choices and accessories reflect the importance and reasoning behind this festival, and the light colors, flowing outfits and flowers inspire a joyous celebration.

 

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Gudi Padwa

Bright colors.   Baths.   Oils and aromatics.   Cleaned houses.    FASHIONABLE CLOTHING.

Gudi Padwa is an Indian Festival, in which everyone celebrates the coming of the New Year and the harvest season. They are also celebrating spring, as this event falls during March and April in relation to the Georgian Calender, which is the first day of the month of Chaitra in relation to the Hindu Calender (“Gudi Padwa – The Indian Festival”). The Gudi is made by the people and placed outside of their homes to ward off any evil. According to the Utsavpedi website, “Gudi is the word used to refer to Brahma’s flag (which is hoisted on this day) while Padva is derived from the Sanskrit word Paddava or Paddavo which refers to the first day of the bright phase of the moon.” This represents the creator of this holiday event and the time that it occurs.

Other than ritualistic patterns of this event, everyone wears spectacular attire. Men and women both wear their best clothes, each different, and ideal for this specific event. Many go out and buy new clothing pieces for this special time of year. There are specific colors and types of clothing that men and women wear for this event. Women wear sarees and jewelry, and men wear kurta pajamas. It is also typical for some men and women to wear turbans.

The clothing women wear include sprees, jewelry and sometimes flowers. The saree has a great type of meaning to the women in this Hindu event. A saree is a sort of dress. Encyclopedia.com describes the women’s saree in great detail, “The sari, sometimes spelled saree, is a draped dress, created from a single piece of fabric five to nine yards long, which is wrapped around a woman’s body in a variety of ways. The resulting garment can be practical working attire or an elegant ceremonial gown, depending on the type of fabric used and the style of draping.” In the case of the Gudi Padwa event, women wear sarees of many colors and with gold designs (“Gudi Padwa- The Indian Festival”). Women may also wear flowers in their hair, and golden  jewelry as well. a9c0ef3ac5142513f4cec187e8b925c6.jpg

Like in all other things, men have a bit of a more simple look during this festive event. Men typically wear kurta pajamas and a turban. “A Kurta is a loose shirt that normally features long sleeves and a buttoned placket” (“What is a Kurta Pajama”). A kurta is also quite a bit longer than a regular shirt. Paired with the kurta are the dhoti pants. The general idea of this garment piece is that they are loose pants. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, dhoti pants are a “long loincloth traditionally worn in southern Asia by Hindu men. Wrapped around the hips and thighs with one end brought between the legs and tucked into the waistband, the dhoti resembles baggy, knee- length trousers.”  The last part of men’s outfits for Gudi Padwa is the turban, which is defined at Dictionary.com, “a man’s headdress worn chiefly by Muslims in southern Asia, consisting of a long cloth of silk, linen, cotton, etc., wound either about a cap or directly around the head.” The color men try and aim at for their kurta pajamas is white, and often pair it with a saffron colored turban (orangey color). 

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The Gudi Padwa event is an important festival that portrays the amazing and intricate outfits worn by men and women in India. There are a lot of colors, golden designs, jewelry, silky cloth clothing, and intricate patterns that contribute to this special event.

 

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“Hello Fashion” by Christine Andrew

The exemplary blog I searched this week took a bit of a turn from the last one I had read by Veronika Heilbrunner. The “Hello Fashion” blog by Christine Andrew is a fashion account in which the author shows her audience what outfits and “looks” look best for different occasions, seasons, and events. She, like all other fashion accounts, included many pictures to get the point across. She also had descriptive titles and topic headings to help the audience follow along. From reading and browsing around Christine’s blog I have found a solution to my road block. In the previous week, I struggled with researching and actually finding solid information of the fashion trends in two different countries. Instead of having such a broad topic to do research on, I will find a specific purpose each week, while keeping my structure of comparing two different countries. For this week’s blog, I will research a special event in each of the countries I have selected and research the typical clothing worn to the event.

France // vs // United Kingdom

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In complete honesty, this first week of our having our very own blogs was a bit of an experiment for me. I was not quite sure what I was going for. I had a general idea, “vogue,” but once I began looking on the internet, I ran into several road blocks. I have definitely found what I need to improve on and what needs to be changed to make my blog even better. This week, I research the countries of France and the United Kingdom. I noticed many differences and similarities between the two countries’ fashion trends, and I have also realized the difficulty of sharing the differences in clothing trends in the twenty-first century.

There many differences between the countries of France and the United Kingdom, some being within the fashion world. The main difference I stumbled upon was the fact that France tries for a bit more of a daring style, while the United Kingdom stays within its classy realms. France had several different trends that has shown their daring appeal to dress, as did the United Kingdom with their ideals. The French wear scandalous wrap dresses and jumpsuits, while British women wear trench coats and midi pencil skirts. In her article, Kate Venman stated the main difference between French and British fashion trends, “It’s still unclear who is the most style savvy, but you can count on the French to rock the most original streetwear and the Brits for well-cut looks that defy typical fashion trends.” There are several more opinions like this out there, but this one stood out, because it represented what I was actually thinking from the very beginning.

I have not yet traveled to France (I would like to in the future), but I have been to England, so I have a bit of a personal connection with the style and fashion trends within the United Kingdom. When I first walked the streets of England and came in contact with British people, I could immediately tell that they were conservative, even more than the United States. They kept their heads down, not speaking to anyone on the streets or in the tunnel paths (and if they did it was so very quiet), and walked quickly. The entire pace of England was impressive. Many people wore coats and stylish pants, while keeping it classy, given that it was a bit chilly when I went there in the fall. Everyone I saw there looked decently dressed. The United Kingdom does not really do “casual,” instead they like to keep it a bit more dressed up and sophisticated. Truly I was intimidated while being in England. Most were confident, well dressed, and stunning. Given that I do not know much about France, this information I have just described, gave me clue as to how the British compare to the French in style.

This week, according to the last four posted in the past two days, have been quite an adventure and experiment for me. I definitely know what I need to work on, but I do believe I have created distinctive documentation of the differences between France and the United Kingdom, which I am proud of. I shall continue to learn and grow from this experience, and create even more creative blog posts.

 

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U N I T E D K I N D O M

The United Kingdom is a close sister to the United States, mostly because Britain was the country that founded the entirety of the U.S. The British had great influence in the U.S. for a long while, but eventually they got their independence and are now separate (very separate) countries. NOWWW, after our quick history lesson there, we can get into some detail on what UK women have trending in the fashion world. There were nine different specific fashion items trending on the website I found, but I will pick out only four to explain in this blog. The trending fashions in the UK were found on the Who What Wear website from an article written by Hannah Almassi.

Cowboy Boots

At the look of this first fashion item, you may be thinking, dirty, old, rustic cow boy boots? But why??? Well, the cowboy boots trending are not the typical boots you are thinking of. They are the shape of a cowboy boot, and portray the effect of a cowboy boot, but on the outside, they have been designed to look vogue. There are so many different designs out there, such as snake skin cowboy boots. Women have been pairing these new and improved cowboy boots with all sorts of things, including skirts, dresses, bell bottom pants, jeans, and several more. street-style-trends-2018-245053-1513259362584-image.500x0c.jpg

Yellow

Yellow, a typically unwanted, ugly color, has been rising to the top in the fashion world. Personally, yellow is my favorite color and I love wearing anything the color of yellow. I even have a phone case that is yellow. I’m obsessed lol. I found that many believe it is hard to pair yellow with outfits, and finding other colors and things to wear with the difficult color. This is true, but it seems the UK is tackling this road block to wearing the color yellow.

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Trench Coats

Trench coats are “a usually double-breasted raincoat with deep pockets, wide belt, and often straps on the shoulders,” as defined by Merriam-Webster. I believe trench coats arose from being worn in trenches. They were water proof and long to weather the tough conditions of fighting war in the trenches. To me, the waterproof trench coats worn in war, resemble the now, trendy trench coats worn in fashion shows. It is a popular classy jacket to keep you warm, and make you look fashionable.

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Midi Pencil Skirts

Lastly, let us take apart the midid pencil skirts, so we can understand what is described. A skirt is “a separate free-hanging outer garment or undergarment usually worn by women and girls covering some or all of the body from the waist down,” defined by Merriam-Webster. Midi means down to the knees or below, and stopping at the middle of your calf. Pencil, meaning very skinny and tight to the body. Putting this all together, a midi pencil skirt is a free hanging garment covering women’s bodies from the waist down, that is skinny, and reaches the middle of her calf (or some region below their knee and above the middle of their calf). These trendy skirts have become quite popular in the  UK because of their conservative, classy element of dressing. It is a clean, business look that many women aim for in the UK.

The trending fashions in the United Kingdom for women today are cowboy boots, yellow, trench coats, and midi pencil skirts. There are so many more, I am sure, but the few I have described can relate to the overall fashion trends within the UK. They aim for business, classy and casual looks that are made intriguing.

 

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F R A N C E

As I began surfing the web for fashion trends in France, I was given hundreds and hundreds of different options to choose from. None of them quite matching what I had envisioned for this newly transformed blog. At that moment, I knew I was going to have to dig deeper and establish more detail into the search bar. I did eventually find something that interested me. Through browsing, “Here’s What French Women Are Wearing This Fall, ” by Abby Hepworth, I found three major fashion trends of women in France.

Wrap Dresses

The first fashion item trending throughout the population of French women, was wrap dresses. It seems the wrap dress first started becoming popular in the 1970’s and is a “one-piece, knee-length garment, which wrapped in the front and featured built-in string ties of the same fabric, tied around the waist and sold in stores for around eighty dollars,” according the Encyclopedia.com. In simpler terms, a wrap dress basically looked like a dress that was made from a sheet being wrapped around a women, and pinched tighter at the waist. Honestly, I have seen a lot of older women wearing wrap dresses, due to the varied ability of the dress to fit all different types of bodies. I feel that the younger generation may not be as interested in these wrap dresses as older women. But who am I to say??? This is just what I found on the web. caroline_juen_wearing_a_pretty_wrap_dress.png.jpeg

Jumpsuits

Jumpsuits are the second item that I found to be trending in French fashion at the moment (women). As the Urban Dictionary states, a jumpsuit is “A garment fashioned after this, usually combining a shirt or bodice with shorts or trousers in one piece.” After searching the web, I have seen many French women pairing the jumpsuits they chose to with high heeled shoes. Although the jumpsuit seems to be coming back into fashion, I believe this clothing item does not work well with every body type. Specifically, I do not believe myself to look flattering in many jumpsuits. It is a rare occasion that I find one that works with me.

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Block Heels

Block heels were the last of my findings to be of popularity in the French women population. A block heel is a type of high heel, but instead of having a skinny heel, they consist of a thick heel that resembles a symmetric block (of wood for that matter). I actually own a few pairs of block heels myself, and I absolutely adore them. they are so much easier to balance and walk in, not to mention they are much less slippery than any other normal heel I have ever worn. They seem to be a part of the French wardrobe because they are a classy, retro type of look, which, I think, resembles the body of the French people.

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Overall, the three main fashion trends among women in France at this moment, are wrap dresses, jumpsuits, and block heels, all of which were once popular in the earlier days (before 1970). They have all come back, though, to show us that fashion trends will always come back around.

 

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“hey woman!” by Veronika Heilbrunner

Veronika Heilbrunner’s blog was quite similar to what I want to get at with my blog, but with a few differences. She had several different links to click on that lead to each separate blog post, which keeps it organized, but I think I will just keep my blog how it is now. Once I clicked on one of the links, I was immediately interested, because there were vibrant colored pictures. Although fashion is easy to take a picture of, determine how to use it in your blog posts to create the image of what you learned takes some skill. From Veronika’s blog, I learned that using pictures in between each topic you are describing helps the reader to understand what your words mean. This technique is also visually appealing to your audience. Not only did she choose to use images, she used creatively, handpicked pictures that enhanced the message of her blog. I also appreciated how each of the separate topics throughout her blog posts were differentiated by an enlarged title. The title was smaller than the actual title of the entire blog post, but still indicated that we were changing from one topic of the big picture to another. Overall, I believe I will use Veronika’s techniques of blogging throughout my entire blogging project.